Cedric H. Jaggard, M.Div. ’41

Cedric Jaggard 41 photo

What do you do? 
Technically I’m retired, but am nearing the close of several years’ research for my book entitled Claiming Different Forms of the Good News: Road to a Larger Gospel; Overlooked Bible Foundations for Growing in the Faith. (I would be pleased to hear of any faculty member or other person associated with Union who is interested in this subject. I would also welcome suggestions for an appropriate publisher.) I just realized that this year marks the 75th anniversary of my graduation from Union. I would be interested to know if there are other members of the Class of ’41 still living. [editor’s note: Mr. Jaggard is one of five surviving members of the Class of 1941.] On November 25, 2015, I reached my 100th birthday. I was glad to have my beloved wife of 72 ½ years, Jean Dale McGiffert Jaggard, celebrate with me. Only a month later, at the age of 95 ½, she took her farewell for now. (Arthur Cushman McGiffert, president of Union a little before my days there, was part of her extended family.)
What’s the best thing about your job?
I’ve been retired for twenty-five years, but, prior to retirement, I pursued active ministries of half a dozen different types until age 75, including pastoral, preaching, social ministry, academic, college Bible teaching, Army Reserve Chaplaincy, and two short-term, month-long team ministries to Novosibirsk, Siberia.
How did Union prepare you for this?
Prior to my time at Union, I did work under Karl Barth in Basel,

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